i untangle my youth by TEA NICOLAE

i untangle my youth

in wild cities that make me squirm

thirstily clinging to fruit flavoured wine

and burning my tongue with round-shaped pills


i feel the party to my core

i dance violently

contorting my limbs

to trivial dance anthems

i throw myself against my friends’ bodies

hungry for empty affection

when i shut my eyes

i float,

as the bass, the drums, the music

flow through my veins

and strengthen my bones


at closing time

we leave the dance floor holding hands,

whispering untold truths

with damp cheeks

i tremble in my oversized coat

but i relish the warmth in our laced fingers


5:11 in the morning

we dance on the Westminster bridge

spiralling in sequins,

i stretch my arms and roll my head

and the stars are closer

i twirl and i wish

i could cradle them in my hand

the ferris wheel glows and my friends sparkle

and i want to glue their faces to my mind


my best friend turns to me,


with a glimmer in his eyes and chewing on a cigarette

“i wish my mother could be this happy”,

he says with adoration


i cry.

This beautiful and vivid poem is by Tea Nicolae. It’s about being young and wild, and partying, and enjoying yourself just out of being yourself, right there right now.

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